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Real Estate Strategies Update - Surveys 101: A Refresher
Some questions from prospective purchasers of real estate repeatedly pop up. At the top of that list is, "Do I really need a survey, the building has been there forever?" Other than for the purchase of a condominium unit for which the recorded plats and plans govern, there are no viable reasons not to get a new survey.  This article addresses several topics related to surveys.
By Jeffrey M. Stedfast and Real Estate Strategies Group

Employment Law Update - Winter 2011
In This Issue:
- DOL Unveils New Wage-Hour Enforcement Strategy
- Former Workers' Comp Chief Deputy Joins K&C Employment Team
- Can Employers Go Too Far with Social Media Policies?
- Timing of Personnel Decisions is Important
- Poor Performance or Misconduct?
- K&C Launches Labor & Employment Blog
- 27th Annual Employment Law Update - Weathering the Employment Law Storm
By Labor & Employment

Franchising Update - December 2010
International Franchise Association Items of Interest Some quick takeaways from the 43rd Annual International Franchise Association Legal Symposium in Washington, D. C. , a meeting of over 500 franchise lawyers: Tight financing continues to inhibit sales of franchises. Financing for franchisees
By Stephen E. Story, Nicole J. Harrell and Intellectual Property & Franchising

Mortgage Officers Exemption
Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor recently ruled that mortgage loan officers are entitled to overtime pay in the Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2010-1. CUES Credit Union Management spoke with attorney Scott W. Kezman, partner in Kaufman & Canoles Labor & Employment Practice Group, Norfolk, VA, about the new rules.
By Scott W. Kezman

Real Estate Strategies Update - Divine Mitigation and the Statute of Frauds
A recent opinion issued by the Virginia Supreme Court is certain to impact principal-agent relationships and the payment of real estate commissions in commercial and residential transactions. In C. Porter Vaughan, Inc. Realtors v. Most Rev. Francis X. DiLorenzo, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, 279 Va. 449, 689 S.E.2d 656 (2010), the Supreme Court concluded that the statute of frauds was not a bar to an oral agreement to pay a real estate broker’s commission in a commercial real estate transaction.
By E. Duffy Myrtetus and Real Estate Strategies Group

Private Client Services Update - Succession Planning for Family Vacation Properties
Whether it’s a beach cottage, a ski cabin in the mountains, a lake house, or a family farm, for many of us, family vacation properties have been the source of treasured memories for many years. Surprisingly though, when it comes to estate planning, thoughtful arrangements for the succession of family vacation properties is not always a priority.
By William L. Holt and Private Client Services

"Legal Eagle" Addendum
Andy Keeney was recently featured for his letter to the editor in the November 2010 issue of Credit Union Management magazine.
By E. Andrew Keeney